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'''Maria Alexandrovna Spiridonova''' (; 16 October 1884 – 11 September 1941) was a Russian Socialism|socialist revolutionary. Her assassination of a police official in 1905 was the most infamous terrorist act by a woman in Russia, and her subsequent abuse by police made her a celebrated hero to the socialists. Having spent 11 years in a Siberia|Siberian prison, she was freed after the February Revolution of 1917 and returned as a heroine of the Revolution. She led the Left Socialist-Revolutionary Party|Left SRs into alliance with Vladimir Lenin|Lenin and the Bolsheviks, but was imprisoned for a time and incarcerated in a mental sanitarium after the Left SRs broke with the Bolsheviks in 1918. Spiridonova was arrested by the secret police during the Great Purge of 1937 to 1939 and consigned to the forced labor camps of the Gulag, where she was summarily executed shortly after the outbreak of World War II...
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